Steve Houk, age 65, passed away on Saturday June 22, 2019, at his home following a courageous battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. Steve was born on November 25, 1953 in USAH Ft. Crowder Neosho, Mo., the son of Gene and Donna (Ackerman) Houk.
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Steve grew up in the Tipton Ford Area and graduated from Neosho High School in 1971. During high school he became a long-distance runner. Upon graduation he was awarded a full track scholarship to the University of Arkansas. He was an accomplished cross-country runner for four years while at the University, becoming one of coach McDonnell’s favorites. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education and an Associate’s Degree of Science in Surveying.
Steve married Pam Robertson on March 16, 1987. With this marriage he was blessed with a beautiful ten-year-old daughter. They made their home on a farm north of Neosho where they loved to raise horses, garden and enjoy the peace that country life provided. He was active in Newton County 4-H, and watching numerous sports activities that his daughter and grandchildren were involved in. Steve was also an avid griller and would grill steaks in the rain or snow. He was a loyal Arkansas Razorbacks “Hogs” fan. He loved reading, horseback riding, snow and water skiing and scuba diving.
He worked twenty years for Allgeier Martin & Associates as a land surveyor. He was licensed in four states. He finished his career at the Newton County Assessor’s office, retiring in 2015.
Steve was a Christian and a member of Central Christian Center. He served several years as a Deacon. He had a kind and gentle spirit, and championed fairness. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed.
He leaves behind his wife, Pam Houk, Joplin; daughter, Amanda Eggleston and husband Brandon, Joplin; three grandchildren, Allie, Brody, and Kennedy Eggleston; mother, Donna Houk, Neosho; brother, Shaun Houk and wife Charlie, Neosho.; sister, Shelly Langland and husband Warren, Neosho; sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Bruce Woodard, Joplin; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy Trust established to help family members who may battle this disease in the future.